Question: I have a lot of blanched almonds that I purchased at a good price recently. Please tell me how to make almond butter. Can I use it like peanut butter?
Answer: Yes, almond butter can be used like peanut butter. Popular in cookies and as a sandwich spread, it is also adaptable for baked goods, candy, ice cream, granola bars and yogurt. The commercial almond butters come in smooth and crunchy forms with new flavor variations of honey-cinnamon, chocolate, vanilla and toasted coconut. Here's a recipe for Almond Butter from the California Almond Growers Exchange in Sacramento, using blanched almonds that have to be toasted first.
2 cups blanched whole almonds
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
Spread blanched almonds in shallow baking dish, pizza pan or jellyroll sheets. Bake at 325 degrees, stirring often, until internal color of nut meat is tan to light brown (a medium to heavy roast--almonds will toast slightly after they are removed from the oven).
Place almonds in food processor container fitted with all-purpose blade. Process to coarse butter texture, about 3 minutes. (As almonds are ground, they form a pasty ball, which later smoothes out.)